Archive for Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Arts Commission picking up bipartisan support

February 15, 2011, 5:48 p.m. Updated February 15, 2011, 5:56 p.m.

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— A House panel has recommended funding the Kansas Arts Commission despite an effort by Gov. Sam Brownback to kill the state agency.

The House Education Budget Committee on Monday recommended that the commission be funded at $798,000 for the next fiscal year. As a cost-cutting move, Brownback, a Republican, has issued an executive reorganization order to eliminate the commission, and has appointed a nonprofit foundation to raise funds for the arts.

But supporters of the commission say its elimination would mean the loss of $1.2 million in matching grants. The committee recommendation, approved by Republicans and Democrats, will now go to the full House Appropriations Committee.

Brownback's order will take effect July 1 unless the Legislature rejects it.

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overthemoon 4 years, 3 months ago

A more complete story is here:
http://cjonline.com/legislature/2011-02-15/house-panel-rejects-sketchy-arts-plan Considering how much Lawrence benefits from the KAC and its reputation as an "arts town", I hope that there will be a much more informative story from the Journal World.

Of most interest is this paragraph, indicating that the situation at the moment is sloppy and poorly researched. This should serve as a bellweather for every action taken by this Governor.:

"In addition, a preliminary evaluation of Brownback's order by staff at the National Endowment for the Arts indicated the document was vague. Without more precise description of the new organizational structure, the NEA can't determine whether Kansas would remain eligible for federal arts grants. "

frazzled 4 years, 3 months ago

Indeed, I'd like to see a more detailed story from the Journal-World. I'd also like to know how Lawrence legislators voted on that committee, and how they plan to vote when the measure comes up in the full House.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 3 months ago

Too many from the political industry could be uninformed....

No matter it makes no sense to kill economic growth tools. Lots of money is spent related to the Art Industry. Art is good for tourism and income for locals.

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Centerville 4 years, 3 months ago

So, how much of this appropriation would go to artists and how much would go to paying the bureaucrats?

frazzled 4 years, 3 months ago

Centerville: A fair question. According to the '09-'10 annual report, which I found at http://arts.ks.gov/docs/annual_report.pdf, 73% of the budget went to grants and 27% to operating expenses. That seems pretty reasonable to me. The fact of the matter is that you need to hire professional staff to do things like run an office, process grant applications, et cetera. (By the way, if you're wondering, I have no affiliation with the Commission.)

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